September 4, 2005 Subject:
That Feathered Wrecker of Homes Is at It Again
Silent nature film from the 20s about the bizarre reproductive habits of the cuckoo, that bird that lays eggs in other birds nests and tricks the other birds into raising its young. The film is well organized and explained, but unfortunately some of the key footage is rather hard to see. Still, its fun to watch the filmmaker get into a giant fake bush in order to film the cuckoo at work.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
October 9, 2004 Subject:
We havent seen that many nature films here in Prelinger central, so this neat little silent oddity just does the trick! We find out all about the nasty cuckoo, who is in need of some serious interpersonal skills. We learn those darn birds lay eggs in other birds nexts (while the other birds bitch and complain) and when the eggs are born, the chicks push the other eggs and even the other chicks out of their next, even when they're still young and blind! Gee, I wish I could do that when I was young. (No no, I love my sibs :) )